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Netflix South African Spy Movie “Heart of The Hunter” Unveils Key Leads

The Story⚡

Bonko Khoza, Masasa Mbangeni, and Connie Ferguson plays Leads in Mandla Dube’s newly directed film Heart of The Hunter

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Heart of The Hunter is a Spy Thriller film directed by Mandla Dube and adapted from Deon Meyer’s book.

A once feared assassin and freedom fighter’s quiet domestic life in South Africa is interrupted by a desperate plea from the daughter of a trusted old friend whose father was kidnapped – Curled from Deon Meyer’s ‘Heart of The Hunter’.

Starring are Bonzo Khoza, Masasa Mbangeni, Connie Ferguson, Tim Theron, Peter Butler, Nicole Fortuin, Sisanda Henna, Milan Murray, deon Coetzee, Boleng Mogotsi, Wanda Banda, Connie Chiume and many others.

Heart of The Hunter is produced by Scene 23 Production and is set to premiere on Netflix this year.

First Look


In September 2023, Netflix at MIP Africa announced its multi-title partnerships with South African filmmakers who will produce a diverse range of films/ TV projects, among which filmmaker Mandla Dube is among. These partnerships include:

Mandla Dube: A three-picture deal including “Heart of The Hunter”

Akin Omotoso and Ochre Media: A multi-title book adaptation partnership.

Director Donovan Marsh: A three-picture film partnership, the first of which was the recently released Netflix film, iNumber Number: Fool’s Gold.

Film and TV production company Gambit Films: A multi-title partnership across various genres and formats (series and films).

 Writer, producer, and director Jayan Moodley: A three-picture partnership starting with the next instalment of the Kandasamys series of films, Kandasamys: The Baby.

 Production house Stained Glass Productions: A multi-title book adaptation partnership across a variety of genres led by producers Gugu Zuma-Ncube and Pepsi Pokane.

Producers Mandla Ngcongwane and Mpumelelo Nhlapo: A multi-title partnership for films and series.

Before 2023, Mandla had previously directed the Netflix film, Silverton Siege, as well as the Netflix South Africa Series, JIVA!

Netflix unveils Mandla Dube features Heart of The Hunter and Rom-com Soweto Love Story to be released in the first quarter of 2024.

Key Background

Mandlankayise Walter Dube is a director, producer, co-screenwriter, and an award-winning South African cinematographer. His diverse work includes documentaries, shorts, theatre, and feature films.

 Mandla’s work in feature films includes Tsotsi, The Italian Job, Strike Back, Angel Heart, and Umtunzi we Ntaba.

His 2017 feature film, Kalushi won Best Film of South Africa and Best Original Song at the RapidLion Film Festival and also won the Chairman’s Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Thabo Rametsi won Best Actor at the BRICS Film Festival.

In Summary

This star-studded title is the first picture from the high-profile deal with South African filmmaker Mandla Dube. No release date is confined yet but one eagerly awaits a first-look trailer ahead of its release.

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